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Genuine Leather (Dan)

August 5, 2016

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Brunch is the 3rd full-length release from Austin’s Genuine Leather. It’s a 16-track album described as “guilty-pleasure rock” and “music for summer.” Sounds great to me! Want to give the whole album a listen? Of course you do! Not so fast though!

Genuine Leather is doing something a little different with this album release. Instead of releasing the whole thing at once, they’re debuting a new song each week on their SoundCloud page. They started on July 1st and will continue to premiere a song every Friday into October.

While the album roll-out is admittedly a bit gimmicky, you have to admire how ambitious it is. As for the album’s sound, it has big production aspirations modeled on the expansive sounds of 70s rock. So, think Fleetwood Mac and Wings with a dash of R&B and Soul.

Check out a couple of the tracks that have been released, and then keep an eye on the band’s SoundCloud for more.

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Stream This

January 16, 2015

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From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

Viet Cong – Self Titled
Menace Beach – Ratworld
The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Amen Dunes – Cowboy Worship EP
Belle And Sebastian – Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
The Suffers – Make Some Room EP
Ty Segall – Mr. Face EP
Genuine Leather – Barb Wire EP
Ryan Adams – No Shadow EP
Alex Calder – Strange Dreams
Cloakroom – Further Out
Fulton Read – You & I
Jack Name – Weird Moons
Meat Wave – Brother EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Sleater-Kinney

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2014 Austin Essentials: Volume 1

November 24, 2014

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It’s taken me a couple of weeks, but I’ve finally manged to get my 2014 Austin Essentials list all perfectly hammered out  And by perfectly hammered out, I mean “I’m pretty sure I got 91% of it right.”  Anyways, it’s 60 or so bands long and it’s divided into three volumes (part two is tomorrow, part three is on Wednesday).  In case you’re wondering, my only real “guideline” for the list was that the artist must have put out something new (no re-releases, man) in 2014.  So, get to sampling!  I hope you find some new local stuff to love.  Enjoy.

PS – For the sake of not making the list even longer, I left out super familiar names like Spoon, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, The Black Angels, Shakey Graves, Balmorhea, Ume, Quiet Company and I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness.

:Major Major Major – God Doesn’t Want Us:  Throughout 2014 Major Major Major have been increasingly impressive.  Their shows are a blast, and then there’s also the way the duo can’t seem to write anything that isn’t infectious.  Look out for their debut full length next year.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:  I really love Abram Shook’s Sun Marquee.  The album is one of those pop efforts that’s both wonderfully crafted and super accessible.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise:  Tele Novella spent much of the year further establishing themselves (singles, videos, lots of shows), and I think 2015 is now set to be a big one for them.  Jump on the bandwagon now.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:  The Dead Space’s Faker is probably my favorite Austin album of 2014.  It’s a fantastic collection of post-punk tracks.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Magna Carda – Every Weekend (Featuring Olivia Applegate):  Magna Carda are no longer just one of the best hip hop acts in Austin, they’re one of the city’s best overall acts.  Here soon they’re releasing an album, and I can’t wait to check it out.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Dana Falconberry – Palmless:  Dana Falconberry and Jim Eno (from Spoon) crafted this song together for a Record Store Day release.  I want a lot more of the same.  Please.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Borrisokane – God Doesn’t Want Us (Major Major Major Cover):  Borrisokane’s Versus Project (a box set that features them and a variety of guests doing covers and original tunes) is probably the most ambitious thing that popped out of Austin in 2014.  Check it out if you haven’t.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped:  Neon is the name of Letting Up Despite Great Faults’ latest (and maybe final?) album.  You should pick it up just so that you can own a physical copy of this absolutely stellar song.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Summer Salt – Sweet To Me:  Phil and Eugene (from the now defunct Yum) are two-thirds of Summer Salt, a retro pop act with a knack for providing rather hooky, breezy tracks.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Otis The Destroyer – You’re The Wealth:  The Couch are no more, but that’s OK because some of its former members started the equally loud and glorious Otis The Destroyer.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Equals – Glistener:  If you’re a fan of instrumental rock, then Equals’ Tracts is an album that you need to seek out.  I’ve been jamming it for most of the year.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:BLXPLTN – Start Fires:  With music that’s all at once danceable, mosh-worthy and inspired,  BLXPLTN are an Austin band that has dominated in 2014.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Future Death – Basements:  Future Death play like maybe there really won’t be a tomorrow, and I like that.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Genuine Leather – The Enemy:  For those of you that love clever pop tunes, there’s the Genuine Leather album Losers.  Snatch it up.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Phil Ajjarapu – Sing Along Until You Feel Better:  SOTO’s own Jennifer made sure I included Phil Ajjarapu on the list, and it’s not hard to see why – the guy has some really good pop songs in his repertoire.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Lowin – Heave Ho:  Sara Houser’s soaring voice is now front and center in her own band (and no longer as part of The Couch), and the results so far have been pretty great.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:SHMU – She’s Leaving:  Sam Chown, who is also one half of Zorch, is the man behind SHMU.  Give the guy a listen if you like experimental electronic pop.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Pompeii – Blueprint:  After a solid five years or so, Pompeii finally rallied up a new album.  Loom, if you ask me, is fantastic and totally ended up being worth the wait.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Growl – Jackie:  I don’t remember many local music convos this year where someone didn’t excitedly bring up Growl.  This song is from a compilation, but you should also spend some time with the band’s EP, No Years, that was put out back in January.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Crooked Bangs – Ce Type:  This year Crooked Bangs put out this attitude-laced gem (it’s from a split with Houston’s Secret Prostitutes) and played Fun Fun Fun Fest.  Solid.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

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Stream This

September 12, 2014

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From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ This Will Destroy You – Another Language

Generationals – Alix
My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
Lia Ices – Ices
The Juan MacLean – In A Dream
Banks – Goddess
Valery Gore – Idols In The Dark
So Cow – The Long Con
Odesza – In Return
Bee Vs Moth – Shelter In Place
She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses
The White Octave – Style No. 6312
Broncho – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman
Moon Hooch – This Is Cave Music
Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly
Cy Dune – Shake
White Arrows – In Bardo
Cancers – Fatten The Leeches

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
We Were Promised Jetpacks

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Stream This

July 11, 2014

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From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Honeyblood – Self Titled

Genuine Leather – Losers
Landlady – Upright Behavior
Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Slow Club – Complete Surrender
Melted Toys – Self Titled
Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear
Anand Wilder – Break Line The Music
Luluc – Passerby
Little Daylight – Hello Memory
Wunder Wunder – Everything Infinite
Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
Woman’s Hour – Conversations

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Interpol

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Little Lo, Genuine Leather (Jennifer)

July 2, 2014

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Austin indie rock outfit Little Lo debuted a new track last week. It’s from their first full length album, Verberation View, which they’ve spent more than two years of recording.  The track hooks you with its pulsing rhythm and keeps you entranced with its dual harmonies along with its blend of pounding keys, crashing cymbals, and razor sharp guitar riffs. You can hear more of their new tunes when they perform this Saturday at Speak’s Pedals Release Party at Empire Control Room and Garage.

It’s no secret that some of the folks at SOTO (myself included) are big fans of Genuine Leather. They make guitar centered pop music that is endlessly appealing and enjoyable. Their songs are perfect for singing along and getting stuck in your head. Their second album, Losers, is out tomorrow (and available now as a full stream here). Their live shows are rollicking and infectious; the members are also easy to spot (these gentlemen are dressed in white from head to toe including their white Converse high tops). You can catch them this Saturday at The Blackheart.

:Genuine Leather – The Enemy:

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Genuine Leather (Video Premiere)

May 20, 2014

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For a while now I’ve been saying that few things are as breezy or easily enjoyable as a Genuine Leather song, and now there’s a video to prove it!  Directed by Marc Brown and shot out near Marfa, Texas, the video for She And I is probably the most pleasant thing that’s ever premiered here at SOTO.  Thanks to the band for sharing it here first!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to staring at the video’s pretty scenery and wishing I wasn’t in an office.

By the way, don’t be afraid to get out and see Genuine Leather tomorrow night at Sahara Lounge!  They’re one of my favorite Austin acts, so I promise the show will be worth your time.

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Genuine Leather (Single Premiere)

January 28, 2014

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If you’ve been paying even just a minimal amount of attention to me over the last few months, then you’ve probably noticed that I really like Genuine Leather.  The band, which is fronted by Chris Galis of the Gorgeous Hands, has quickly become one of my favorite pop acts in Austin, and I’m really excited to be premiering their effortlessly appealing new single today.  Expect to dig it if you’ve ever liked anything that’s worth singing-a-long to.  Enjoy.

:Genuine Leather – The Enemy:

By the way, I highly recommend that you check out some of Genuine Leather’s other tracks over at Soundcloud.

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 1

November 25, 2013

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A couple of weeks back I was thinking about my annual Top 50 Songs/Top 25 Albums lists (expect those to start on 12/2), and it dawned on me that I should do something separate specifically for Austin.  So, I did.  There’s no particular ranking to anything in Austin Essentials, I just wanted to share with you some local stuff that I liked a lot this year.  There’s 45 entries (culled from a group of about 70-80) that are spread out over three 15-track volumes, so look for a post tomorrow and then another on Wednesday.  Enjoy.

By the way, if I had one goal for SOTO this year, it was to try and include more mentions for Austin artists.  Overall, I think we did a solid job, but there’s definitely room to improve.  Hit me up if you have any suggestions for us as we head into 2014.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Sabrina Ellis is one of Austin’s most dynamic singers, and there isn’t a single song on A Giant Dog’s Bone where her enthusiasm doesn’t shine through.  This pop punk gem is my favorite track on the album.  Find A Giant Dog on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Grape St – A Date With You:  Harlem’s indefinite hiatus has now formed three great bands – Lace Curtains, Daytona, and Grape St.  If you dig this song, then definitely pick up the album A Date With You.  All of the other tracks on it are just as catchy.   Find Grape St on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Laughing – Disappear:  The Laughing kind of dropped off the planet for a while, but this year they made their return via Oscillation, a 10-track effort that features some really nice pop rock tunes.  Find The Laughing on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Sour Notes – Do What May:  The Sour Notes may be great friends of mine, but I can honestly say they’re listed here because they earned it.  They’re one of Austin’s hardest working bands and their upcoming album, Do What May, is a really solid prog pop effort.  Find The Sour Notes on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Borrisokane – Amelia Fucking Earhart (A.F.E.):  For those of you who like your pop music to have an experimental side to it, there’s Borrisokane’s Murdering Teeth EP.  I think it’s one of the more quirky (in a good way, of course) listens to come out of Austin in 2013.  Find Borrisokane on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Love Inks – Time:  Love Inks are a quality act, but they don’t seem to have the biggest of followings in Austin.  We should figure out a way to change that.  The band’s album, Generation Club, is a must if you like minimalist pop.  Find Love Inks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Whiite Walls – Easy Love:  When I wanted something dancey this summer I either tossed on Daft Punk’s Get Lucky or Whiite Walls’ Easy Love.  You can’t listen to it and not want to move.  Here’s hoping the band doesn’t take too long to put out an official effort.  Find Whiite Walls on FB here.

:Knifight – In The Fire:  Their name makes them sound like a punk band, but they’re actually more of a New Order/Future Islands type – dark and synthy.  Their debut, Dark Voices, is an intense but good listen.  Find Knifight on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Zorch – We All Die Young:  I love this track.  It’s wild and raw and should only be listened to at the sort of volume that makes your neighbors angry.  Find Zorch on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Boyfrndz – Water Weight:  Boyfrndz are one of Austin’s better experimental rock acts, and I thought they did a good job of proving that on their Natures EP.  Find Boyfrndz on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Major Major Major – Scream Queen:  I was a late adopter of this track, but once I did I couldn’t seem to get it out of my head.  Talk about infectious.  If we’re lucky, the duo will wrap their EP sooner rather than later.  Find Major Major Major on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  Chris Galis (from the Gorgeous Hands) heads up this breezy pop act.  Viper (Found A Good Place For My Love) is the other single that the band put out this year, and it’s also worth your time.  Find Genuine Leather on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Royal Forest – Goldwallpaper:  Over the years Royal Forest have really become a fine pop band.  If for some reason you didn’t check out Spillway, then seek it out.  It’s a nice listen.  Find Royal Forest on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Walker Lukens – Dear Someone:  Walker Lukens somewhat recently made the jump from NYC to Austin, and I’m happy that he did.  The guy knows how to write a good pop song.  Find Walker Lukens on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Yum – Take My Blue:  Yum just sort of popped onto my radar one day over the summer, and ever since then I’ve been a big fan.  Their album, Take My Blue, has a lot on it that plays like a lighter version of Warpaint.  Find Yum on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Quickdraw: Audacity, Genuine Leather, Jungle, Tycho, POS

October 21, 2013

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Today’s music thinks you’re so pretty.  Enjoy.

:Audacity – Couldn’t Hold A Candle:  I’m really digging the pop garage/punk sound that Audacity has on display in this catchy track.  The band will release Butter Knife on October 29 via Suicide Squeeze Records.  You will be able to catch them at Beerland this Thursday.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  I love that summer is finally on the way out here in Austin, but this breezy pop number actually makes me sort of miss it. Genuine Leather are currently in the midst of working on a new full length.

:Jungle – Lucky I Got What I Want:  This might just be me, but every time I listen to this I can’t help but be reminded of Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes-era TV On The Radio.  I like it.  Jungle will release The Heat EP tomorrow via B3SCI/Chess Club Records.

:Tycho – Awake:  Just go ahead and grab your headphones for this, as it’s another superbly crafted song by Tycho.  A new full length is currently in the works.  If you’re awesome and coming to Fun Fun Fun Fest next month, Tycho is on the lineup.

:POS – Fuck Your Stuff (Marijuana Deathsquads Remix):  I think the original version of this track is perfect, but I definitely still dig the ominous mix its been given here.  The remix of POS’s last album, We Don’t Even Live Here, is due out tomorrow.  It’ll be free!  Marijuana Deathsquads play Emo’s East on November 15.

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Cotton Mather, Genuine Leather (Jennifer)

July 24, 2013

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Local power pop artists Cotton Mather have returned with a new two song EP titled California.  The title track is a laid back, acoustic affair telling the poignant tale of “hearts to the sun/on the passage of love,” and High Society displays a darker, psychedelic vibe with its slightly distorted guitar riffs and vocals. The band is holding their EP release show this Saturday at The Belmont. Tickets are $12 and all those attending will receive a download card with the new songs.  Local cover band Skyrocket! will share the bill.  If you can’t make it to the show, you can download the new songs from their online store now or wait until September 7 for when they become available on iTunes.

I first saw Genuine Leather over a year ago at their first ever public performance at Cheer Up Charlie’s.  I liked what I heard, but they kind of disappeared until putting out a new song this month.  The Viper (Found A Good Place For My Love) is a catchy, harmony filled guitar pop number that reminds me of early 80s sounds from bands such as The Knack and The Romantics. It’s a 2 minute earworm worthy of adding to your summer playlist. The band is currently working on their second album and have some Austin shows planned for the fall.

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